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Boris Johnson will address the nation to announce new measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus after figures show the country is once again at grips with the pandemic.
The announcement, which will spell out the government’s plans to contain surging infection rates, could come as soon as Tuesday, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The Prime Minister has spoken with advisers about dropping the rule of six to impose a social lockdown, which could be implemented within days, it is claimed.
Proposals being worked up for such a “circuit break” could see the hospitality sector, which includes bars and restaurants, shut.
The plan would see tightened restrictions come into effect for a short and tight period, to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
It is suggested the circuit break, which has been issued in other countries, would see schools and workplaces remain open.
While a bout of tighter restrictions would help reign in the number of cases, the likelihood that cases would begin to rise is quite high.
The government has warned that a second national lockdown could be enforced if the rise in cases isn’t halted.
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Number 10’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, warned the number of cases would inevitably rise as winter approaches and the virus becomes more virulent.
Figures released by the government Sage committee on Friday revealed the R rate across the UK is currently between 1.1 and 1.4, which means the number of cases could be doubling every seven to eight days.
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Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, warned that hospital admissions for Covid-19 among older people could be “a warning of far worse to come.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has warned the PM that the city needs new restriction by Monday, September 21, including a 10pm curfew to pubs.
With cases of the respiratory disease spreading widely across all age groups, the Conservative Government is expected to impose tight restrictions.
- Boris Johnson
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